Creating A School-Wide Culture of Learning
- To be a warm and welcoming school community that supports each student to succeed to the best of their abilities.
- To become an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program school.
- To foster curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through inquiry-based learning and assessment according to the principles of Reggio Emilia.
One way that we monitor our goals is to engage in Learning Walks. Four times a year a small group of educators visits classrooms to "read" the physical classroom environment, talk to students about their learning, and discuss classroom programming with Faculty. Learning Walks can be conducted "in house" with our own staff, with outside experts, or a combination thereof. This year we have the privilege of working with two experts: Dr. Bev Freedman, an adjunct professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and former Superintendent with the Durham District School Board; and Dr. Beate Planche, an author and former Superintendent with the York Regional District School Board.
Last week we conducted our third Learning Walk of the 2016-2017 school year. Our targets for this Learning Walk were:
- evidence of IB implementation
- evidence of student voice (active engagement in learning)
- physical spaces respecting Reggio principles
I appreciate the hard work of our Faculty and Staff to make Richland Academy an exceptional school. And once again, the number one private school in Richmond Hill.
Head of School